Basic Biographical Details

Name: William James Reith
Born: 26 March 1905
Died: 5 June 1975
Bio Notes: William James Reith was born on 26 March 1905, the son of William Reith, building contractor, and his wife Elizabeth King. He commenced his architectural training on 3 September 1922 at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. He worked in the office of Brown & Watt for three years from c.1924, and continued his studied at Robert Gordon's College from 1929 until 17 June 1930 when he received his post-diploma. He was admitted ARIBA towards the end of that year, his proposers being George Watt, George Morrison Hay and Clement George. His professional status at that time is unknown but he was living at 6 Rosebery Street, Aberdeen.

Reith died at his home in Glasgow on 5 June 1975 aged 70. His wife Ethel Duncan Reid survived him as did his son Kenneth.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 36, Rosebery Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  
Item 2 of 311, Braemar Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 357, Clifford Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19551975 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Brown & Wattc. 1924c. 1927Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Clement GeorgeLate 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Morrison HayLate 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George WattLate 1930for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4581 (combined box 23)